Essential medicines and health products

How to Develop and Implement a National Drug Policy, 2nd ed.

Updates and replaces: Guidelines for developing national drug policies (1988)

NDP how to implement

Publication details

Number of pages: 96
Publication date: 2001
Languages: English, French, Spanish
ISBN: 92 4 154547 X


In 1975, the World Health Assembly in resolution WHA28.66 requested WHO to develop means to assist Member States in formulating national drug policies. It also urged WHO to assist countries in implementing strategies, such as the selection of essential drugs and appropriate procurement of quality drugs based on health needs, and in providing education and training in various elements of pharmaceutical programmes. This resolution was followed by a series of events that marked the evolution of country drug programmes with the assistance of WHO.